Question Hour: State received Rs. 43.37 cr in 3 years for tribal development

Tarigami pleads for timely release of TSP funds, special focus on areas

JAMMU: Minister for Social Welfare, Ms. Sakina Itoo today told the House that the Government has received Rs. 43.37 crore from the Centre under Article 275(I) and SCA to Tribal Sub Plan from 2009-10 to 2011-12 for development of tribal areas in the State.

The Minister was replying to a question by Mr. M. Y Tarigami in the House today.

Giving year wise details of the funds released by the Centre under these heads, the Minister informed the House that Rs. 5.46 crore were released by the Centre in lump-sum under SCA to TSP and Article 275 (I) against the action plans of 2009-10. She said Rs. 1.50 crore were released by the Centre in lump-sum under Article 275(I) against the action plan of 2012-13 but no funds under SCA to TSP have been released by the Centre against the State action Plan of 2012-13 so far.

The Minister said that these funds are being expended on various developmental works in Tribal areas through district executing agencies and funds for the purpose remain at the disposal of concerned District Development Commissioners.

She said the State Government has been submitting action plans for Central funding in time and is also perusing for timely release of fund with the Centre but sometimes these are released at the end of the financial year adding that to carry out the works in tribal areas under TSP and Article 275 (I) in tribal areas, the Chief Minister has directed release of Rs. 12 crore as an interim measure.

The Minister assured the House that detailed information of beneficiaries under these schemes would be provided after collecting the same from the concerned authorities of the districts.

Earlier, raising the question, Mr. Tarigami demanded timely release of funds under TSP to facilitate timely completion of development works in tribal areas and also given the limited working season in these areas. He also demanded refocusing the needs of the tribal people in view of the fact that they are not adequately covered under various schemes and programmes in vogue.

172 new LPG agencies soon: Ramzan

Minister for CA&PD and Transport, Ch. Mohammad Ramzan today said that LPG gas agencies would be opened in all leftover blocks in the State adding that for the purposes the Government is going to open 172 new LPG gas agencies soon in the State. He said the issue of enhancement of cap of consumer gas cylinders from 9 has already been taken up with the Centre.

Replying to a question by Mr. Abdul Gani Malik in the House here today, the Minister said that home delivery of LPG gas has been started in Jammu and Srinagar which yielded fruitful results at the ground level, adding that KYC is open for registration of gas connections of those consumers who have not yet registered their connections.

Replying to the main question the Minister said that there are no crises on account of availability of LPG in the State. He said the central Government has already raised the cap from 6 subsidized refills to 9 subsidize refills, which has addressed the concerns of consumers to a great extent.

Mr. Balwant Singh Makotia, Prof Chaman Lal, Mr. Ashok Kumar, Mr. Krishan Chander Bhagat, Mr. Ajaz Ahmed Jan, Mr. Irfan Shah, Mr. Javid Ahmed Dar, Hakim Mohammad Yasin, Mr. Jugal Kishore, Mr. Harshdev Singh, Er. Abdul Rashid and Peer Afaq raised supplementaries to the main question and demanded opening of more LPG gas agencies in their constituencies.

In reply to another question by Haji Mohammad Ashraf Ganaie, the Minister said that 14 food sale outlets of CA&PD and 7 CBC shops are functional in Sopore town. He said the filling of vacant posts in the department has been already referred to concerning recruiting agencies.

The Minister said that has the matter of utilization of Rural Development Department godown at Waripora for stocking food grains would be taken up with the concerned department.

Telbal nallah discharges 624.34 cusecs water: Sham

Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Mr. Sham Lal Sharma said that peak discharge of Telbal Nallah in Srinagar is 624.34 cusecs and the lowest 2.29 cusecs.

Replying to a question by Dr. Mustafa Kamal in the House today, the Minister said that the developmental works in the area are not being executing by Irrigation and Flood Control Department, but by the LAWDA and R&B department. He, however, said that as per the information from these departments works on 4 ghats is apace besides the concerned departments are also considering construction of foot-bridges in the area.

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